Introduction to 1920's Fashion
This is the decade where the world of fashion first entered the modern era. These people stepped out of their comfort zones and started to express themselves in their own unique ways. The women and men of this decade abandoned the restricted fashion and wore more comfortable clothes. The women started to wear short skirts and trousers instead of long skirts that went to the floor and then men started to wear more athletic type of clothes instead of suits all the time. In the 1920's there were two distinct periods. The first period went very slow for new fashion ideas because people still had to adapt to the drastic changes in clothing and accessories. What people know today as color blocking and pattern blocking all started in this period. The second period was when people finally embarrassed the fashion styles that would be associated with the "Roaring Twenties". All of this fashion up comings started after World War 1. Many women started to feel more confident in their new look that they started to take a stand for their own rights in the work force and economy. This is the era of the Flappers. Some people saw that the Flappers were a disgrace to the old traditional ways because they started to get their hair cut to look like boys and also made their skirts to be above the knee and that was seen as a disgrace to the old customs. With the new fashion on its way many more people had this desire for silk. Since silk was mainly for the rich and powerful middle class society found away around that by switching the silk out with rayon which was a cheaper material but had to same look, feeling, and texture as silk. At the beginning of the 1900's many women would fasten their clothes with a bow or ribbon in the back of their dresses but in the 1920's designers came up with a more efficient ways to fasten clothes by using hooks, eyes, zippers, and snaps. With this big boom in the fashion industry clothes become more accessible and cheaper. This was the beginning of the two branches of high end fashion and department stores. Many rich people who had money to by nicer items would go to the high end stores and the middle class would go to the department stores for the same look but cheaper version.